How To Grow A Victory Garden: What Goes In A Victory Garden?
The following are some of the things you need to grow a victory garden:
1) Soil – You will need soil that is rich with organic matter such as composted manure or animal waste.
If you don’t have any, then buy it from your local health food store. Use a good quality potting mix.
2) Fertilizer – You will need fertilizer to keep the plants healthy.
Buy organic fertilizers at your local health food store. They usually contain no pesticides and are safe for human consumption.
Use a good quality one like Miracle Gro’s Organic Gardener’s Friend.
3) Watering Can – Fill up a water bottle with clean tap water and put it into the watering can so that you don’t get sick from drinking contaminated water!
4) Potting Mix – Make sure that the potting mix contains all the nutrients needed for your plants.
You can use a good quality potting mix, but make sure that it does not contain toxic chemicals.
5) Container – Fill up a large container with soil and add in some of the fertilizer.
Add in some of the water from your watering can so that you do not get sick from drinking contaminated water!
6) Seeds – Buy some good quality seeds, but make sure that they are not treated with toxic chemicals.
You can also collect seeds from previous plants and flowers.
So those are the things you need to grow a good victory garden. Make sure to do your own research and learn about other things too!
We have also written another article on How To Grow A Victory Garden: What Goes In A Victory Garden.
Disadvantages of a victory garden
There are some people who believe that growing a victory garden is not good for your country. They see it as an insult to the people who died during war and those who continue serving.
These people believe that war should benefit the country rather than just yourself. Find out what they say about victory gardens in our next blog!
Victory garden posters
The United States government issued propaganda encouraging the people to plant victory gardens during the war. The poster above was one of them.
The posters usually had dramatic pictures and inspiring messages to convince people to grow their own food. There are several other things that the US Government did, such as creating ads and sending out celebrities to encourage people to grow their own victory gardens. Find out more in our next article about Victory garden posters!
We have also written another article on Victory garden posters.
Great information on victory garden posters:
The following paragraphs contain great information on Victory garden posters that might be of interest to you:
Why did the US government issue propaganda encouraging victory gardens?
a) World War I. The United States entered World War I in 1917. During this war, there was a lack of natural resources for the American people. People were encouraged to grow their own food to help out with the food shortage problems.
b) World War II. When the United States entered World War II there was another shortage of food.
This time, due to worldwide fighting, there was a shortage of food for everybody. This encouraged people to grow their own food again.
How did this propaganda encourage people to grow their gardens?
a) It showed dramatic pictures of women carrying water to their gardens and men rolling up their sleeves and getting to work in the garden.
b) It gave tips on how to plant your own victory garden.
c) It showed celebrities and public figures planting their own gardens to encourage people to do the same.
d) It had sayings like “Food will win the war!” to make people enthusiastic about growing their own food.
Were these posters only popular in the United States?
a) No, similar posters were seen all over the world during times of war.
b) Posters are a good way to communicate with lots of people at one time. They can be seen by almost everyone.
If you want to learn even more about posters and their history, you should read our other article on the subject: War Poster Propaganda.
We have also written an article on War poster propaganda.
Other websites on victory gardens:
There are many websites that provide information on victory gardens. Here are some of them:
1) Wikipedia has a whole section on victory gardens.
You can find it here: Wikipedia Victory Garden Page.
2) This website provides lots of good information and pictures about war propaganda posters: Smithonian War Poster website.
3) This website provides information about how to build your own victory garden: Edible Garden website.
4) There are many other websites with great information on victory gardens.
Try searching online and you’re sure to find more!
Your Reward: Victory gardens can have lots of benefits. They can reduce pollution, reduce starvation in your community, provide you with delicious food, and make lots of friends.
If you are lucky, you might even get to eat something from your victory garden right off the vine!
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Sources & references used in this article:
“Plant a victory garden: our food is fighting:” Lessons of food resilience from World War by M Morash – 1982 – Alfred a Knopf Incorporated
Lily’s victory garden by A Maltz – Journal of Environmental Studies and Sciences, 2015 – Springer
The Victory Garden by HL Wilbur – 2010 – books.google.com
In the sweat of our brow: Citizenship in American domestic practice during WWII—Victory Gardens by L Kochenderfer – 2009 – books.google.com
Use of Sludge in the Victory Garden Campaign by C Miller – The Journal of American Culture, 2003 – wikialli.pbworks.com
Differentiating multiple meanings of garden and community by LRW Van Kleeck, DA Backmeyer, HA Riedesel… – Sewage Works …, 1944 – JSTOR
Eggplant (Aubergine)(Solanum melongena) by H Kurtz – Urban Geography, 2001 – Taylor & Francis